Monday, October 24, 2011

Thirteen, Wither, Dream

I'm SO far behind on blogging. Anyways today I'm going to get a little caught up, but not much. I have NINE books I need to blog about and I'm getting 3 done today so I'll be 1/3 of the way done. I've been reading a lot more than I've been blogging because I've been busy looking at colleges. My goal is to try to finish blogging about these books by November 1. Think you can hold on until then?

Book one is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It's told from two perspectives, Hannah Baker who has recorded tapes and sent them to thirteen people who have played a role in her death, and Clay, who wanted to be better friends with her, but didn't make an effort. Clay is on the tapes. When he gets them, Hannah takes him through her world and explains why she committed suicide. She admits that it is ultimately her fault, but that these 13 people played a role in it. Very psychological and interesting book. I don't know if I liked it or hated it.

Book two is Wither by Lauren Destefano. It's told by Rhine, a 16 year old girl who lives in a world where female die at age 20 and males die at 25 because of a virus. Men known as Gatherers, steal poor girls off the streets to become brides for wealthy men and keep the population from dying completely. Rhine is taken from her brother in New York City to Florida, where she marries Linden, along with her sister wives Cecily and Jenna. She struggles to escape and with her feelings for Linden, as well as for a servant named Gabriel. All Rhine wants is to escape from her prison and go home to her brother. Housemaster Vaughn may keep her trapped. He is Linden's father who is working to find an antidote for his son. I have my suspicions about him. That what has been said about him is possibly not true. I felt sorry for all the other characters in the novel. They all lose someone who is important to them and it's sad. I ultimately don't know if I like this novel or hate it, but it is interesting. I have a lot of questions that I hope will get answer in the sequel,  which I will definitely read.

Just watched the book trailers for Wither and Starcrossed (a book I'll get to later). Excellent.

Okay. Book three is The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. Jessica is a high school junior who loses her leg in a car crash. She is angry that she can't run and has to recover. But then her track teammates find a wonderful way for her to run again. I really liked this book, because Jessica never gave up and used her experience to encourage others and how her friends stood by her and she stood by them. I also liked how it was written in short chapters and told from Jessica's POV. Jessica inspired me to keep running. I can't wait for my first 10 mile race (you'll get this if you read the book) and one day, hopefully, a marathon!

Keep running and never give up! Peace out yall!